Our chickens have been spending the winter in our garden area. Recently, though, with the weather being so much nicer (and chickens being more prone to wander) and the fence not being in good repair, the chickens have basically been free ranging. Aside from many droppings, the main problem with this has been the loss of eggs (we don't know where they are laying them). So, we ordered 168 ft. of electric mesh fencing and a solar energizer from Premier 1. So far, it is working very well. You can see the solar charger next to the front corner in the first picture.